Connectivity Design

Designing with Xilinx Serial Transceivers

Learn how to employ serial transceivers in UltraScale and UltraScale+ FPGA designs or Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC designs.

The focus is on:

  • Identifying and using the features of the serial transceiver blocks, such as 8B/10B and 64B/66B encoding, channel bonding, clock correction, and comma detection

  • Utilizing the Transceivers Wizards to instantiate transceiver primitives

  • Synthesizing and implementing transceiver designs

  • Taking into account board design as it relates to the transceivers

  • Testing and debugging


2 days

Who Should Attend

FPGA designers and logic designers


  • Verilog experience (or the Designing with Verilog or the Designing with VHDL course)

  • Familiarity with logic design (state machines and synchronous design)

  • Basic knowledge of FPGA architecture and Xilinx implementation tools are helpful

  • Familiarity with serial I/O basics and high-speed serial I/O standards is also helpful

Software Tools

  • Vivado® System Edition



  • Architecture: all UltraScale Architectures

  • Demo board: Kintex® UltraScale FPGA KCU105 board or Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC ZCU104 board

Skills Gained

After completing this comprehensive training, you will have the necessary skills to:

  • Describe and use the ports and attributes of the serial transceivers in Xilinx FPGAs and MPSoCs

  • Effectively use the following features of the gigabit transceivers:

  • 64B/66B and other encoding/decoding, comma detection, clock correction, and channel bonding

  • Pre-emphasis and receive equalization

  • Use the Transceivers Wizards to instantiate GT primitives in a design

  • Access appropriate reference material for board design issues involving signal integrity and the power supply, reference clocking, and trace design

  • Use the IBERT design to verify transceiver links on real hardware

Course Outline

  • UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Overview

  • UltraScale, UltraScale+, Zynq UltraScale+ Device Transceivers Clocking and Resets

  • Transceiver IP Generation – Transceiver Wizard

  • Lab 1: Transceiver Core Generation

  • Transceiver Simulation

  • Lab 2: Transceiver Simulation

  • PCS Layer General Functionality

  • PCS Layer Encoding

  • Lab 3: 64B/66B Encoding

  • Transceiver Implementation

  • Lab 4: Transceiver Implementation

  • PMA Layer Details

  • PMA Layer Optimization

  • Lab 5: IBERT Design

  • Transceiver Test and Debugging

  • Lab 6: Transceiver Debugging

  • Transceiver Board Design Considerations

  • Transceiver Application Examples

  • Optional: Additional modules on Virtex® UltraScale+ FPGA GTM transceiver architecture and functionality

Lab Descriptions

  • Lab 1: Transceiver Core Generation – Use the Transceivers Wizard to create instantiation templates.

  • Lab 2: Transceiver Simulation – Simulate the transceiver IP by using the IP example design.

  • Lab 3: 64B/66B Encoding – Generate a 64B/66B transceiver core by using the Transceivers Wizard, simulate the design, and analyze the results.

  • Lab 4: Transceiver Implementation – Implement the transceiver IP by using the IP example design.

  • Lab 5: IBERT Design – Verify transceiver links on real hardware.

  • Lab 6: Transceiver Debugging – Debug transceiver links.


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